The SHE-CAN staff chatted with Scholar Aidy Ung, freshman at Lafayette College, about her first day of school and her first week of college. Aidy’s first day of classes was on Monday, August 28. She said it was a busy day but went well. This semester, Aidy’s classes include a First Year Seminar (FYS) about Mathematics for Social Justice, Introduction to Engineering, Calculus II and Chemistry (lecture and lab). So far, she’s enjoying her time at Lafayette and said she looks forward to joining clubs/organizations, effectively studying and exploring Easton, her college town.
SHE-CAN: Which classes do you think you're going to like the most and why?
Aidy: I think I’ll find FYS very interesting because it’s about solving social problems using quantitative literacy. I get to know more about how things work in the society by reading and using a variety of activities. I also find this class challenging since it requires a lot of reading and writing. Also, I’m looking forward to my Chemistry class because I’ve never done work in a lab before!
I’m the only Cambodian freshman at Lafayette, and the second Cambodian student on campus. The first student is Phalkun, my SHE-CAN sister, who is also a scholar (Class of 2020). I know that I’d never be here at Lafayette without the support from the SHE-CAN staff and my mentors. I cannot wait to have more and more Cambodian scholars entering Lafayette, and I'm excited for when we’re back home in our country making it a better place.
SHE-CAN: How are the dorms? Are you enjoying that experience?
Aidy: I love my dorm and room. My dorm is in a prime location. It’s near many important spots including the health center and Farinon College Center which is the “hub of student life at Lafayette.” It includes two dining facilities, the college store, post office, a movie theater, meeting rooms and offices of student organizations. Also, my dorm's not far from the library and gym. My room is big and special, and I share it with three other roommates. It consists of two connected rooms and a bathroom, which makes us love it so much.
SHE-CAN: Speaking of roommates, what’s it been like getting to know them? Where are they from and what types of activities have all of you done together?
Aidy: My roommates are very nice. We have diversity in the room. My roommates are Turkish, American and Chinese American. We went to yoga and Zumba together. We also went to a farmers market together.
SHE-CAN: Can you share any fun or interesting stories about your first week of college?
AIdy: I went to yoga and was surprised that my Calculus professor was also there. He does yoga regularly, and I’m about to take this up as my habit. Also, I went to a mingling event that featured professors, and the Head of the Civil and Environmental Department, who are all engineers. We got to ask them questions, and they talked about all of the opportunities that people who study engineering can have here at Lafayette.
SHE-CAN: With one week of college under your belt, what do you think will be some of the most challenging aspects moving forward?
Aidy: Balancing my academic life and other activities would be my primary concern. I anticipate a tighter schedule in my sophomore year than this year because I'll be taking more credits, while I'm also considering joining clubs and having a job on campus. At the same time, I’m so excited to explore many things and get to know more people on and off campus. I’m so happy that I get to grow as a person at Lafayette and get a chance to take advantage of all this college has to offer!
SHE-CAN: What do you love most about Lafayette?
Aidy: Lafayette College is a beautiful campus with its old-fashioned and modern buildings. I love the people at Lafayette for they make the campus appealing and lively. Professors and staff here are very approachable and willing to help. I feel safe knowing that I can always ask for help and support from anyone.
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